Bella starts pacing around the front door. She’s whining, troubled. Her tail stiffens.
You take a peek outside, nothing.
She’s been doing this for weeks now, actually. You can hardly take her anywhere anymore without her anxiety overpowering her. There must be some way you can help.
Pet parents across the country have begun turning to an organic plant compound to help with cases like Bella’s. They call it “CBD.”
CBD (cannabidiol) is a chemical found in cannabis that has been shown to have therapeutic benefits for humans and animals. People report feeling less chronic pain, depression, and a host of other ailments when they take it.
As a result, many have begun using CBD for pets, while many remain on the fence.
There are many myths about pet CBD, so keep reading for five facts to help clear things up.
1. My Dog Will Get High
CBD oil found in hemp plants contains little THC, the compound that produces psychoactive experiences.
The amount of THC is so small that hardly any makes it into the final product. Even if CBD for dogs contained a trace amount of THC in the oil, there would be no noticeable “getting high” experience you’d see in them.
2. They Can Overdose
Researchers have seen adverse effects such as diarrhea and drowsiness in humans who have taken a large amount of CBD. They can, however, tolerate at least 1,500mg of CBD without feeling any ill-effects.
The average bottle of commercially sold CBD oil for dogs is between 300-500mg, and you’ll only be giving them a few drops with meals.
Be sure to introduce the oil gradually into their diet, starting with small amounts at first and increasing as you see fit.
If you’re still unsure, CBD pet treats for dogs list a clear amount of milligram per treat, so you always can be sure how much they’re consuming.
3. CBD Is Illegal
Despite the benefits, some people believe that CBD oil is illegal for pets.
This myth may have come from the fact that CBD is derived from cannabis, which is a Schedule I drug. However, CBD itself is not federally regulated.
Certain U.S. states may have different regulations for CBD, especially if they’re only allowed for medical use. Be sure to check your state’s laws before you start your search for CBD products.
4. CBD Is Not A Good Alternative
If you’re considering using CBD to treat a medical condition in your pet, please talk to your veterinarian first.
CBD will never replace a veterinarian’s prescription for a chronic illness or anything else your vet determines they need.
Certain CBD pet products, however, can target specific cases of chronic joint pain, seizures, and anxiety. There’s even CBD for dog car sickness if your pooch has trouble with bumpy rides.
5. They Can Take Human CBD
CBD can be beneficial for pets, but it’s important to use products specifically designed for them.
Human CBD products can be too strong for animals and may have unforeseen effects in certain doses.
Ready to Try CBD for Pets?
While there are at least five myths about CBD for pets, the majority of research supports its use as a safe and effective treatment for a wide range of ailments.
If you’re a pet parent considering using CBD for your dog, speak with your veterinarian to ensure it’s the right treatment.
Be sure to read the rest of our blog for more information on pets and how to care for them!